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Special Forces

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Platforms
Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
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4.0
Atari ST
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3.7
DOS
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3.4
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Description

Special Forces is a top-down arcade shooting game with a dash of strategy.

It is the sequel to Airborne Ranger.

When times are rough, the American people rely on their army. And when times are rough, the American army relies on their special forces. A small group of highly trained, superbly skilled, well-armed and clean-shaven elite soldiers boldly go where no man has gone before. At least no honest man.

Special Forces let's you control a team of four in a top-down view and setting reminiscent of Jagged Alliance, only that the time ticks continuously. Consequently, strategy and stealth stand back behind Gauntlet-style arcade action. Moving alone or in squad formation, you shoot enemy soldiers and blow up bunkers, always quick to go in and quicker yet to go out. Goals vary from deploying laser targeting systems for air strikes to assassinations to rescue missions; some assignments take place under cover of darkness, with night vision systems coloring the landscape a gloomy green.

16 missions take you to four different parts of the world, from the terrorist's arctic ice to the drug cartel's native jungle. Before hopping into the helicopter, you may choose four soldiers out of eight, each with different special abilities, and equip each one. Reading the text briefings is crucial, as the game won't warn you if you go on a bombing raid without any explosives. Also, the higher the difficulty level you choose, the less accurate is the info that you get on your targets, so you'll have to search the area. Luckily, a detailed map provides an overview. As enemies respawn and ammo depletes, some men may not make it back. Those who do can be awarded medals and promotions, which will boost their morale and increase their stats.

Screenshots

Special Forces Atari ST This road looks heavily used
Special Forces DOS Our soldier has placed a detonator at the truck.
Special Forces Atari ST Got a purple heart
Special Forces DOS The excellent overview map. Red dots show enemy positions, the grid helps locate the mission targets.

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST May, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1992 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST Feb, 1992 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Power Play DOS Oct, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 73 out of 100 73
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1992 73 out of 100 73
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 71 out of 100 71

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Trivia

Special Forces is labeled the sequel to Airborne Ranger, but no-one from the development team of Airborne Ranger participated in the creation of this game. Instead, it was designed and programed by external contractor Sleepless Knights.
Contributed to by -Chris (7365) and Terok Nor (17840)